Monthly Archives: November 2015

#179 – Marshall Faulk



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 179 - Marshall Faulk

Tommy Riles tells Art Eddy about his son’s birthday party this past weekend as well as chat about their respective Thanksgivings. Their guest for this week is NFL Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk.

Even before Marshall Faulk played in the NFL many knew that he was going to be a superstar in the league. In college at San Diego State University Marshall was a three-time All-American. The Indianapolis Colts drafted him as the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. After his time with the Colts, he played for the St. Louis Rams.

Faulk is one of only three NFL players with at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards. Marshall has been named the league MVP, helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV, and was selected seven times for the Pro Bowl. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Faulk can be seen on TV shows such as NFL Total Access, Thursday Night Football, and NFL GameDay Morning on the NFL Network.

We chat with Marshall Faulk about his time in the NFL, fatherhood, and his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Follow Marshall Faulk on Twitter @ marshallfaulk, Facebook, and MarshallFaulk.com.


#178 – Drew Powell



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 178 - Drew Powell

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk turkey and share their Thanksgiving traditions. Then, the guys bring on actor, Drew Powell, who does a fantastic job playing Butch Gilzean on FOX’s hit show, Gotham.

Drew grew up in Lebanon, Indiana, outside of Indianapolis. He graduated from DePauw University, where he majored in English Literature and was a Media Fellow, an honors program in media studies. He was active in the theatre department, and wrote and performed in campus television shows and student films.

After graduation, Drew moved to Los Angeles. His first television appearance was a small co-starring role in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle. So impressed were the producers of the show that they wrote the role into episode after episode and even named the character after him: Cadet Drew. He appeared on many episodes of the show over two seasons.

Next up for Drew was the prequel to Bonanza called The Ponderosa on which he played Hoss Cartwright. The twenty episodes produced continue to air on cable. Shooting in rural Australia, Drew met and fell in love with Veronica, now his wife, who was a make-up artist on the show.

Drew‘s first starring role in a major feature film is in the remake of the 1971 film Straw Dogs, directed by Rod Lurie. Other feature film appearances include Starship Troopers 2, The Marine, Mexican Sunrise and 1408 with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Drew has guest starred on numerous television series including House, Leverage, Psych, ER, The Office, CSI, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Monk, Grey’s Anatomy, and Southland.

Playing the role of Bear, Drew starred alongside Paul Reubens in the 2010 stage revival of Pee Wee’s Playhouse at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Follow Drew Powell on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on DrewPowell.com.


#177 – Terry Crews, Isaiah Mustafa, Jessie Tuggle – Old Spice



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 177 - Terry Crews, Isaiah Mustafa, Jessie Tuggle - Old Spice

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about the fantastic guests they welcome to The Life of Dad Show courtesy of Old Spice.

Patrick Quinn and Tommy Riles of Life of Dad with Terry Crews and Isaiah Mustafa

First, Tommy and Patrick Quinn meet up with Terry Crews and Isaiah Mustafa. On Tuesday, November 24th, Old Spice unveils their final installment of the Smellmitment campaign. It is the last epic battle between Crews and Mustafa. Watch it on ESPN Tuesday, November 24th at 6 PM ET.

Then, Art Eddy chats with former NFL linebacker, Jessie Tuggle, about fatherhood, his playing days in the NFL, and the extraordinary opportunity that Old Spice presented to Jessie.

Griffin High School football legend Jessie Tuggle

Atlanta Falcons and Griffin High School football legend Jessie Tuggle presented his alma mater with a commemorative Golden Football in a school assembly this past week as part of the NFL High School Honor Roll program celebrating the 50 years of the Super Bowl in 2016.

Griffin High School football legend Jessie TuggleGriffin High School football legend Jessie Tuggle

Tuggle spoke to the students about his experiences at Griffin and how they shaped him to become the success that he is today.Tuggle‘s appearance at Griffin High School recognized the school and community’s contribution to Super Bowl history and positive impact on the game of football. The ceremony is one of just four exclusive stops nationwide in an Old Spice tour with NFL legends visiting their high schools. Tuggle and Old Spice will help students make a “Smellmitment” to their favorite scent and gain the confidence that comes from proper grooming habits.

Life of Dad wants to thank Old Spice for setting up time with Terry Crews, Isaiah Mustafa and Jessie Tuggle.

Go to OldSpice.com for more info on this program.


#176 – Diedrich Bader



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 176 - Diedrich Bader

Art Eddy tells Tommy Riles about working the New York Jets Buffalo Bills game last week and talk about what happened this past weekend in the NFL. Then the guys bring on actor and father, Diedrich Bader.

Diedrich Bader has played a ton of great roles on TV and film. Whether you are a fan of the film Napoleon Dynamite or Office Space or the TV show The Drew Carey Show you always want more from him. He even does work as a voice actor. One of his voice acting credits is Batman. How cool is that?

Now Diedrich comes back to reprise his role as Abner on the DreamWorks Emmy Award-winning series, All Hail King Julien on Netflix. The series features sixteen new episodes that audiences will enjoy even more misadventures with Julien, Maurice and Mort, along with fan-favorite Henry Winkler as Uncle King Julien.

Diedrich Bader talks with Art Eddy about All Hail King Julien, fatherhood and more. In regards to the show, Bader loves that fact that All Hail King Julien is a prequel to the Madagascar films. They can explore new characters and have Julien do things that we might not have seen in the films. He also loves the notion that this is a show that he can watch with his kids. His past films and shows might be a bit too edgy for them. Here Diedrich is able to share with his children what he does for a living and see the results of his hard work in this series on Netflix.

Diedrich lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids, Sebastian and Ondine.

Check out the all-new Season 2 of Emmy Award winning DreamWorks series All Hail King Julien and follow Diedrich Bader on Twitter at @bader_diedrich.


#175 – Rich Gannon – Old Spice



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 175 - Rich Gannon - Old Spice

Art Eddy got the opportunity to chat with former NFL quarterback, Rich Gannon, about fatherhood, his playing days in the NFL and the very extraordinary opportunity that Old Spice presented to Rich.

Rich Gannon a St. Joseph's Preparatory School

Rich teamed up with Old Spice to head back to his alma mater high school, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, last week and spoke to the students and presented the school with a commemorative Golden Football. That night, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Rich Gannon a St. Joseph's Preparatory SchoolRich Gannon a St. Joseph's Preparatory School

While more than 2,000 high schools will receive a Golden Football from the NFL, only 4 schools across the U.S. are part of this special tour in which the Golden Football will actually be hand-delivered by an NFL Legend. The Golden Football presentation at the school assembly is part of the Honor Roll program celebrating the 50 years of the Super Bowl in 2016.

Rich spoke to the students about his experiences at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and how they shaped him to become the success that he is today.

Life of Dad wants to thank Old Spice for setting up time with Rich Gannon.

Follow Rich Gannon on Twitter at @RichGannon12.

Go to OldSpice.com for more info on this program.


#174 – Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 174 - Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about how they are getting their kids to read and what type of books they are reading to their kids. To go along with this theme, the guys bring on author, Jeff Kinney, from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

In 1998 Jeff Kinney came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. Jeff worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York.

Jeff attended the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. It was there that Jeff ran a comic strip called “Igdoof” in the campus newspaper, and he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist. However, Jeff was not successful in getting his comic strip syndicated after college, and in 1998 he started writing down ideas for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which he hoped to turn into a book. Jeff worked on the book for six years before publishing it online on Funbrain.com in daily installments. To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.

Since initial publication in 2007, the series has gone on to win many regional and national awards around the globe including two Children’s Choice Book Awards and five Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Book. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world. In addition, three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $250 million internationally.

Jeff Kinney is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. Jeff moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

Go to WimpyKid.com to order all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books from Jeff Kinney and follow him at @wimpykid on Twitter.


#173 – Isaac Bruce – Old Spice



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 173 - Isaac Bruce - Old Spice

Art Eddy got the opportunity to chat with Super Bowl Champ and St. Louis Rams great, Isaac Bruce, about fatherhood, his playing days in the NFL and about a very extraordinary opportunity that Old Spice presented to Isaac Bruce.

Isaac Bruce at Dillard High School

Isaac Bruce teamed up with Old Spice for a special assembly this past Friday when he went back to his alma mater at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was there to present the school with a commemorative Golden Football from the NFL. While more than 2,000 high schools across the U.S. will receive a Golden Football, Friday’s event is just one of four special assemblies in which the Golden Football will be hand-delivered by an NFL Legend. This is just one way that Isaac Bruce is giving back to his high school. He also volunteers his time as a coach for the football team, which as their final game of the season on Saturday night.

Dillard High School was very excited to be selected for this opportunity, and kicked off this special assembly with a marching band grand entrance. The Golden Football presentation at the school assembly is part of the Honor Roll program celebrating the 50 years of the Super Bowl in 2016.

Isaac Bruce at Dillard High School

Bruce spoke to the students about his experiences at Dillard and how they shaped him to become the success that he is today. Bruce‘s appearance at Dillard recognizes the school and community’s contribution to Super Bowl history and positive impact on the game of football. During the fun and interactive assembly, he’ll also “coach” the kids that self-confidence starts with looking and smelling their best.

Follow Isaac Bruce on Facebook, Twitter at @IsaacBruce80 and IsaacBruce.org to learn about his foundation.

Life of Dad wants to thank Old Spice for setting up time with Isaac today. Go to OldSpice.com for more info on this program.


#172 – Caron Butler



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 172 - Caron Butler

Tommy Riles talks to Art Eddy about the New York Mets losing the World Series to the Kansas City Royals, his Mr. Met costume and what he hopes the Mets will do in the offseason. The guys continue the sports theme by talking about what position each member from the Life of Dad crew would play on a basketball team. Then the guys bring on NBA star Caron Butler.

Caron Butler trains mercilessly, studies intently, and plays tenaciously. His competitive drive is accompanied by a winning mindset with which he approaches every situation with a positive attitude. He is receptive to his coaches and to his teammates, he is reliable on and off the court, and he constantly thinks about what he can do to benefit the team and his community. Butler defends the basket with ferocity, and challenges anyone who stands in his way. This commitment to aggressive yet passionate play led former-coach Eddie Jordan to give Butler the nickname “Tuff Juice.” It is this style of play that has solidified Butler as one of the most prominent forwards in the game today.

Butler was a lottery pick in the NBA draft, selected tenth overall by the Miami Heat. During his rookie season, he caught the attention of the entire league. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game which helped him earn Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors four times. He is currently playing for the Sacramento Kings this season.

Butler is a proud father and dedicated husband. His motto is “family first” and exemplifies that though his unwavering commitment to his wife Andrea and three daughters with Andrea, Mia, Ava and Gia and two children Camary and Caron Jr. from a previous relationship. He recently published a book entitled Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA.

Visit Caron Butler on CaronButler.com to check out his book, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RealTuffJuice.